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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma

Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. Within weeks of its publication, dozens of editorials, […]

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The ethics of New Age medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, […]

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May our eyes be opened, so that we might know Him

Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:13-35 Again, as is usual for weekends of the Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles provides the first reading for the Liturgy of the […]

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Distractions in prayer

The question is not whether we will fight distraction when we pray. We all will. The question is how we handle those distractions. There may be some souls who are […]

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Stay with us, Lord!

The news of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead must never become “old news.”  Jesus Christ is alive forever and His Gospel is alive. It is not “old news” […]

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St. Dymphna, patron saint of mental health

Catholic tradition promotes saints for various devotions and in support of numerous causes. These include the feast of St. Dymphna, known for miracles involving mental health, anxieties and general mental […]

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Although we have not seen, we believe

Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 With deep faith and faith-filled excitement, the church continues the celebration it began a week and a day ago: Easter, the Lord’s resurrection and […]

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Who put Christ on the cross?

In art, the crucifixion of our Lord is almost always depicted showing the torture from asphyxiation on the cross, the nails, the wound made by the spear, the crown of […]

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‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

“The Case for Christ” is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in evangelical circles and beyond. It is the […]

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Before you buy your child that cellphone

Any parent of a teen or preteen knows that since smartphones were introduced in 2007, social life for children has changed dramatically.  Teen social life now takes place online far […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Persecuted Christians and the Hope of Easter

Sadly, Holy Week began this year with another attack on innocent Christians. Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt, like so many Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians here in our diocese, gathered […]

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Care for creation: A moral issue and a Catholic issue

You need look no further than the rising sea waters threatening Miami or the erosion of coastal Alaska, where entire villages must be relocated in a state that’s becoming a […]